Glareola — a diminutive from glarea— gravel, from its haunting gravelly places.
Culmen much arched. Wings narrow, long, and pointed. First primary longest. Nostrils basal, oblique, semi-tubular. Hind toe well developed. Mid claw pectinated. Gape wide. Resemble Swallows both in detail of structure and flight. Linnaeus placed them with Swallows, and Blyth approximates them to Nightjars. Called " Sea-Partridges" by the French. S. Europe, Africa, C. Asia, India, Burma, China, to Australia.
(i.) Tail forked.